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Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)


Slovakia - Kresťanskodemokratické hnutie (Slovakia)

Date of birth : , Považská Bystrica

Written explanations of vote Ivan ŠTEFANEC

Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 194

Application of railway safety and interoperability rules within the Channel tunnel (C9-0212/2020)


As EU law will no longer apply to the part of the Channel Tunnel under the UK’s jurisdiction starting January 1, 2021, it is important that we find a solution that will maintain safe and efficient transport on both sides. We need to set up an agreement that will serve France’s numerous EU citizens that use the tunnel for transport daily.

Decision empowering France to conclude an international agreement concerning the Channel tunnel (C9-0211/2020)


As the UK exits the European Union, the transportation situation between the UK and France is changing. By setting up clear regulations, we can ensure that we will minimize future conflict on this front.

Organic production: date of application and certain other dates (C9-0286/2020)


The COVID-19 Pandemic created unforeseen circumstances for businesses, including organic producers. The European Union has faced the challenge of maintaining the single market and economic stability throughout this time and it is understandable that adaptations of many kinds would be currently necessary.

The rule of law and fundamental rights in Bulgaria (B9-0309/2020)


In many Member States across the EU, there have been questions of corruption and of whether or not the Rule of Law is being properly respected. Bulgaria is a unique case and it is important that we examine whether human rights are being maintained in the country, but the rule of law mechanism should not be misused.

Digital Finance: emerging risks in crypto-assets - regulatory and supervisory challenges in the area of financial services, institutions and markets (A9-0161/2020 - Ondřej Kovařík)


Digital financial technologies are only just starting to emerge and gain importance in the European Union. Therefore, it is to the EU’s advantage to become aware of the potential risks that may come with the field and be prepared to create policy for them.

Further development of the Capital Markets Union (CMU): improving access to capital market finance, in particular by SMEs, and further enabling retail investor participation (A9-0155/2020 - Isabel Benjumea Benjumea)


The single market has been boosted by the creation of the CMU which has enabled investment and growth in the EU. It is also key that Europe continue to provide resources to its SMEs in order to aid them in achieving their goals.

Reinforcing the Youth Guarantee (B9-0310/2020)


The Youth Guarantee was put in place in order to ensure that young people are given access to resources that will allow them to start a successful life. Continued education, employment, and apprenticeships are made available to young people through this program and support the future of the EU.

The Establishment of an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights (A9-0170/2020 - Michal Šimečka)


The Union was founded on the principles of the Rule of Law, Democracy, and Fundamental Rights. Throughout time, these principles have been maintained and Member States have respected them for the good of the Union. Now, as times change and Member States are impacted by these changes, it is important to continue to follow them. However we have to respect subsidiarity principle, particularly in the cultural-ethical topics.

Implementation of the common commercial policy – annual report 2018 (A9-0160/2020 - Jörgen Warborn)


The European Union has a strong position in international trade and is highly involved in exporting its products to foreign countries. The COVID-19 crisis is expected to cause a decrease in global trade in the near future and it is important we consider the well being of the European economy when making decisions in regards to foreign trade.

European Climate Law (A9-0162/2020 - Jytte Guteland)


It is important to set achievable goals for the European Union in regards to climate change. As different Member States approach the issues, it is important that their cultural contexts are taken into account. We must use this shift to carbon neutrality as a tool to help rather than hurt the economy and individual businesses.